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Publisher's Summary

Newbery Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor-recipient Jim Murphy has written numerous stories based on historical events, such as The Boys' War and The Great Fire. In An American Plague, he tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.
©2003 Jim Murphy (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"This audiobook is sure to be a hit with students interested in medical science or U.S. history." (School Library Journal)
"Murphy's dramatic history book...brings to life the determination and perseverance of a people whose future was uncertain." (Christian Science Monitor)
"History, science, politics, and public health come together in this dramatic account of the disastrous yellow fever epidemic that hit the nation's capital more than 200 years ago." (Booklist)
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2 out of 5 stars
By E. Birdsell on 01-27-06

Don't expect technical depth...

I was disappointed by the book. I felt too much time was spent on the nuances of people’s lives and how they reacted to the event. It seems that the author is much more interested in the people than the topic. I get the feeling that this is just another “people in crisis” book within the setting of a yellow fever epidemic (and even in that light, it’s not particularly well done). It’s not until the last 20 minutes that the author finally gets around to explaining how it’s spread. I thought that if the author could spend the time to patronizingly explain supply and demand economics, he could have surely bothered to take a few minutes to explain what yellow fever does to the body that actually causes the symptoms (some of the symptoms are very interesting, I’d like to know why).

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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie Seavello on 08-15-15

Excellent

I never knew about yellow fever's effect upon American and world history. Fascinating! A nice quick listen of information that will stay with me forever.

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